During his time at Santa Clara University, Derrick performed research for the engineering department on optical wireless communication systems. His work was featured in the engineering schools centennial report. Derrick has experience in a broad range of technical areas including, but not limited to, communication systems, integrated circuit designs, RFID systems, advanced circuit logic/designs, electromagnetics, and quantum physics/mechanics. Derrick is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and has served as an elected school representative for Santa Clara University in the Silicon Valley IEEE council.
Derrick was also accepted into, and is currently attending classes in, the night school program at Santa Clara Law School towards his law degree.